By using a virtual reality headset which plays videos and audio recordings, people living at Garden Hill Care Home, in St Michael’s Avenue, Westoe, have enjoyed stepping into familiar and far way settings, from South Shields beach to Buckingham Palace.
Garden Hill care home residents have been using virtual reality to bring back old memories. Wearing the headset gives a 360 degree view of a location from a point-of- view perspective and is able to track head movements, making for a fully immersive experience.
The use of virtual reality for reminiscence sessions at the home allows residents with lower mobility to revisit favourite places and get up close to wildlife. The headset view is also displayed on a handheld tablet so that the home’s activities co-ordinator can chat with residents about what they’re seeing.